Do You Know The History of New Years Eve?
Celebrating New Year’s Eve Through Time
Every December 31, millions of people around the world gather to celebrate the start of a new year. But where did this tradition come from? The history of New Year’s Eve is actually quite complex, dating back to ancient times when civilizations celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of another. Let’s explore how New Year’s Eve has been marked throughout history.
Babylonians Begin It All
The Babylonians are widely credited with having started the tradition of celebrating New Year’s Eve by throwing a massive festival that lasted 11 days. This festival was called Akitu and marked the beginning of the new year on March 23rd. During this time, Babylonians would honor their gods and crown a new king.
Romans Take Over
As Rome spread its influence across Europe, it adopted many cultural traditions from other nations—one being their version of a New Year celebration. Julius Caesar declared January 1st as the official start of the Roman calendar (previously it had been March 1st). To mark this occasion, Romans threw lavish parties that included feasting and drinking wine. They also exchanged gifts over this period in much the same way we do today during Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Victorian Era Celebrations
In 1871, London created their own unique way to celebrate New Year’s Day: with fireworks! Though fireworks were already popularly used for special occasions like weddings and birthdays, these displays increased in popularity every year as throngs of Londoners gathered in Trafalgar Square to watch them at midnight on December 31st. Today, cities around the world use fireworks to mark the beginning of a new year on January 1st; both Londoners and tourists still converge on Trafalgar Square to count down to midnight each year!
How to roll a New Years Eve Blunt
From ancient Babylonian festivals to modern fireworks displays, it is clear that people have always found ways to celebrate when one year ends and another begins. Regardless if you are ringing in the new year with friends or family or just enjoying some peace at home, take a moment to reflect on how our celebrations have evolved over time—and what changes may be ahead in years to come! Happy New Year!
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